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Enemy pages that need to be moved/merged/split

Ok, so thanks to Fizzle, we have come to the realization that...a lot of pages need to be moved/merged/split either because:

  1. the enemies mentioned don't have official English names (that we are using because fansites such as ZD use them)
  2. the enemies that are currently in one page are actually different (such as Zazakku in the Daira article)
  3. two enemies that seem to be different are actually the same (Whisp is the only one I've seen so far)

And because all of these suggestions are mostly scattered about in different talk pages, Pakkun has done the job for us and gathered all of the ones that need to be moved/merged/split. Easier to keep up with it that way:

Any other suggestions should be added to this section to keep better track of them. :D

I agree to moving/splitting most, if not all, of them. Although for merging and such, I'd have to give it a closer look. Dany36 16:10, 16 October 2011 (EDT)

With the exception of that last bullet, we've discussed AT LENGTH the renaming of these enemies. It's time to take action. I think renaming Cyclops Fish to Ku would be a better move. I also prefer Hover over Hoba and Buzz over Bazu, personally, but if people really want the opposite it doesn't really matter to me. — Hylian King [*]
I recently gained the ability to move pages, but the only thing stopping me from moving some is the spelling of the page, whether we should use full romanisation with accented lettering (as Pakkun suggested), assumed names (like Slarok) or somewhere inbetween. However, some of them don't even require that much thinking, I recently updated the Eye Keese page and if people are happy I will go and move it to Chasupa right now as it requires no further discussion really. Fizzle 21:03, 16 October 2011 (EDT)
Okay, I went ahead and moved Eye Keese to Chasupa. However, its beyond sleep time over here so not much else I can do right this second, so if people wanted to get started, the ones that require pretty much no adjustments are Kodongo to Kodondo, Rabbit Rang to Toppo and Sentry Eye to Laser Eye. As for the others, if you decide to go with assumed names like Slarok, may I suggest Zazak instead of Zazakku, as I'm fairly sure the ku at the end is mostly silent (like with Okutarokku), and Hok Bok or Hokbok (or Hok-Bok) for Hokkubokku, for similar reasons. Fizzle 21:38, 16 October 2011 (EDT)
The difference between an enemy like Slarok or Deadrock and the rest is that their names clearly use English loan words (well, Slarok doesn't use any words per se, but still...), so their names mean something when directly translated to English. Names like "Slarok" and "Deadrock" make perfect sense and have meaning, whereas names like "Zazak" and "Hok Bok"... well... don't. It's a tough call, though...
Like Pakkun, I don't care much for double-lettering, but I'm not sure using accented characters for page titles is a great idea either. I say we name them how they're named in the list above (simple lettering without the accented characters). — Hylian King [*] 08:13, 17 October 2011 (EDT)
Except that arguably, Deadrock should be Deadrok, as rokku is always translated as rok or roc in other enemy names, and I think the name was meant to tie in with Octorok and Slarok (the enemy moves in a very similar manner, although it doesn't spit rocks obviously). I personally really think if we don't use accented names, we should go with Zazak and Hok Bok. If you want my evidence that the is mostly silent, put ザーザック (Zazakku) and ホックボック (Hokkubokku) into Google Translate and listen to the Japanese voice say them and compare with デッドロック (Deddorokku). Note that all these names end on ック (kku) too. So my suggestions are to go with Zazak, Hok Bok, Buzz, and Hova (happy medium between Hoba and Hover). Those names are what I personally would think Nintendo would of translated them as, and if we want to keep Slarok and Deadrock as they are, I would think thats a suitable way of doing things. We would still obviously mention alternate spellings on the pages anyway. Thats my thoughts anyway, let me know what you guys think. I've just moved Kodondo so I'll strike that one off the list. Fizzle 09:23, 17 October 2011 (EDT)
All the enemies here that are currently named after their Japanese name keep the original Romaji, without accented characters or double lettering (examples include Guma, Ra, Myu, and Nuranuru). Names are not translated to English UNLESS it's really obvious and these names have meaning in English (Stal, Slime, and, of course, Slarok and Deadrock). Honestly, I don't see why that system has to change. I still stand by the names "Hover", "Buzz", "Zazakku", and "Hokkubokku". And renaming Gaeru to "Geru".
In principle, using accented characters in the titles might be a good idea. However, I asked some of the other staff about it and learned that even simple ampersands (&) and apostrophes can mess up internal wiki functions, so that's a no go. We can use them within the article itself, but beyond that... — Hylian King [*] 17:48, 18 October 2011 (EDT)
Fair enough, seems good to me, thats what I assumed would be the case but I didn't want to go ahead and do all this and make mistakes. HOWEVER, I'm going to have to really fight with you on Zazak/Zazakku and Hokbok/Hokkubokku. I really think those kus are unnecessary. Hover I'll go with though though, because Hover Boots have the exact same spelling in Japanese. Buzz also sounds good to me, and I'll rename the Gaeru page I created as soon as possible. I just don't see any precedent for keeping those unnecessary kus, whenever any similar name is translated on the wiki they tend to get dropped. Even stuff like Magic Cape is "Majikku Manto", or Fire Rod is "Faia Roddo". I've not see any instance where the kus are actually intended to be pronounced. Its just the way things are written in Japanese, and this is still true for "nonsense" names, such as Hinox as "Hinokkusu", or Tartnuc (the official translation for Darknut in the Japanese manual) and "Tātonakku". Fizzle 18:08, 18 October 2011 (EDT)
Funny, just as you posted this I was writing about how I changed my mind about Hokbok and Zazak. It definitely looks better than "Hokkubokku" and "Zazakku". I thought Stal, Slime, Slarok and Deadrock were different than Hokbok and Zazak, but they aren't really. I over-thought that one a little bit. Sorry for wasting for time.— Hylian King [*] 18:39, 18 October 2011 (EDT)
I should probably give my input on this before it's too late. On the "rokku" issue, double-consonants indicate a pause in the word. With the inclusion of ッ before consonants in Japanese, it becomes harsher. The best I can describe it is sounding out the word, and then taking an abrupt pause before the next letter. Or, sometimes you pronounce the consonant twice, but only the vowel once, the second time. Take Pocket Monsters, for example. If I recall correctly, it usually comes out sounding like "poket-to monsta".
Deadrock and Deadro(c/k) are tricky because there's no phonetic difference. Honestly, either is "accurate", I'm not for assumed names unless it's painfully obvious that it's an English word, like ホーバー being "hover".
Now, regarding the silent "u" issue... I meant that rarely would the u in "ku" would be silent. It's commonplace in "su", but only a few times have I heard the u in ku silent when dealing with Japanese media. You might have to consult someone else, but it wouldn't happen so frequently that all relevant enemies fall subject to it, usually only when it is a direct English word. Neither Zazakku and Hokkubokku are English and are just jibberish from what I can tell, and they differ from Deadrock and Slarok because both are based on English words. That's just my observation, anyway. - TonyT S C 20:41, 18 October 2011 (EDT)
I trust your knowledge on this, but I have been hunting and really I haven't managed to find an example where the extra "ku" was kept in the English pronounciation. The only example I have found was Iron Knuckle, which, to be honest, was a heavily assumed name and I don't think "knuckle" was originally the intended name at all, hence why Tartnuc just became Darknut despite them both being spelt the same way. We could always move them afterwards if we can find evidence that the ku is meant to be there, or if we just change our minds about how to do it, I just figure that we should follow the route of the other names and just avoid unnecessary lettering for now, if thats the plan. I think the point is by placing the extra emphasis on the K, the u becomes unnecessary, at least thats what it seems like to me. Maybe we should go steal a fluent Japanese speaker from the Fire Emblem wiki sometime?
Though, now I'm thinking on it, should Aqua Beetle be moved to Pirogus instead of Pirogusu as well if U in su is commonly silent? Less of an issue since its just one letter, but I just realised that falls under the same rule. Anyway, I'll continue by moving some of the less controversial ones first. Fizzle 05:48, 19 October 2011 (EDT)
Actually, what I meant was that we don't mess with the names or try to localize it in any way unless it's based on a loanword. Personally, I feel that trying to localize it just makes it another case of fan-naming, which is what sparked this whole debate. Honestly, I'd prefer if we kept true to and retain accuracy with the Japanese names and not name articles for how they sound.
Anyway, I don't think you should be looking for any "English pronunciation" when dealing with their Japanese names. Unless you're talking about the romaji, in which case, I'm gonna say it's a highly subjective matter whether or not to pronounce the u in ku. Google's far from perfect (especially its translation features), so I'd take everything with a grain of salt.
Fire Emblem wiki is down, I think, so I'll just ask somebody else about it. - TonyT S C 06:50, 22 October 2011 (EDT)
As a follow-up, one of my sources (a Japanese speaker), says it's "not exactly silent, but it is much less stressed". I was probably mistaken in ever bringing it up because in the instance I based it off of, the guy was talking hastily, so the "u" in "ku" never falls completely silent. - TonyT S C 07:58, 22 October 2011 (EDT)
I would normally agree with you, but since people seem pretty attached to names like Slarok as opposed to Surarokku, I figured we should at least be consistent for now. I would rather have all of the names being "semi-localised" like Slarok, Zazak etc. than have half of them like that and half of them not. Personally I would be fine with Zazakku if Slarok was moved to Surarokku, but I doubt people would be happy with that. Fizzle 10:01, 22 October 2011 (EDT)
I understand your point, but I think at this point, the issue isn't conforming to convention, it's about retaining accuracy. I think we should put forth the effort to challenge the "previous standard" and keep it as accurate as possible, even if it means renaming the other articles. - TonyT S C 19:29, 22 October 2011 (EDT)
In that case, we need to get Hylian King and other people's opinions on it. Like I say, I'm happy to go with Zazakku if the older articles are renamed along with it. I've already moved Bazu to Buzz though, and I kind of just want to get the articles into correct names (and correct info) even if not the correct spelling of said names right now. For too long they've been sitting on fan names, even though the original names have been known for years and years in the fandom for those who actually want to know them. Personally I've never used the fan names the wiki has been using. Then again, I'm a bit of an ALttP specialist, but still. I kind of feel like this might be a wiki policy issue however, and I'm well aware that the wiki has an American bias (seeing the US Spirit Tracks names everywhere is still utterly confusing for me, as someone who lives in England). Fizzle 07:57, 23 October 2011 (EDT)
I'd really rather not move Slarok. It's clearly meant to be a variation of the Octorok and the name allows us to compare the two. "Octorok and Slarok" sounds much better than "Octorok and Slarokku", wouldn't you say? The same could also apply to Zazakku and Hokkubokku, but there's no other enemy with a similar name so it's not really the same.
In any case, both of you make good points. If we really can't come to an agreement, perhaps we should consider passing to a vote. This discussion has gone on for far too long. — Hylian King [*] 15:52, 23 October 2011 (EDT)
Maybe, although I kind of get the feeling we're the only people really that invested in the intricacies of this right now, haha. Though, if we go by the logic you just suggested, I'd say "Daira and Zazak" sounds better than "Daira and Zazakku" to my ears. Anyway, we've been making good progress I think. May I also one more to the list? Crab needs to be moved to Sand Crab, with either the Crab section being split or being the "less dominant" subsection. Sand Crab is a specific enemy that is a giant crab that has appeared in a number of the 2D games with relatively no differences (and is even named as a Sand Crab in the game itself) while the Crab is merely a regular old crab in TWW that is entirely harmless and entirely different (and extremely tiny). Thoughts on that? Its a minor one compared to the rest but my OCDish nature is bugging me about it. Fizzle 20:45, 23 October 2011 (EDT)
You don't have to excuse yourself. As I've said before, we do appreciate what you're doing. Thanks to you, we're probably one of the few people out there (if not the only people) that get all these names right, and that's something to be proud of.
There's no relation between the names Daira and Zazakku, so that logic does not apply. Anyways, we could go on talking about this forever and not get anything done. At this point, it's about difference of opinion and the only way to solve it is with a vote.
Everyone's fine with the splitting of Crab and Sand Crab. By the way, I would suggest that you mention the merging/splitting of pages that are not about ALTTP enemies on their respective talk pages instead of here, since this conversation was meant specifically for that purpose. It's also better for organizational purposes. Also this section is getting ridiculously long :P — Hylian King [*] 22:32, 23 October 2011 (EDT)


OK, for those who don't feel like reading that massive wall of text, here's a short summary. Basically, it's all come down to two enemies: ザーザック (Zazakku) and ホックボック (Hokkubokku), which need to be split from the Daira and Geldarm pages, respectively. There is some debate as to how we should name them:

  • Fizzle thinks we should simplify these names as "Zazak" and "Hokbok", since we already did that for Slarok. If we decide use the names "Zazakku" and "Hokkubokku", Fizzle thinks we should rename Slarok to "Surarokku". Fizzle stresses the importance of consistency. If we're going to localize names like we did for Slarok, he thinks we should do it for all of them or none at all.
  • Pakkun, on the other hand, stresses the importance of keeping the Japanese names as it is the only way we can remain 100% accurate. If we try to localize the names on our own, the names we choose (Zazak and Hokbok) might not be entirely accurate. He argues that using these names would be another case of fan-naming, which is what we've been trying to get rid of all along. For him, it's Japanese names or nothing (with the exception of names already based on English words).
  • I could go either way for these two names, but I'm wholeheartedly against moving Slarok. "Surarokku" is clearly a romanization of "Slarok", which is a reference to the similar enemy, "Octorok". I agree that we should use Japanese names, but we can make an exception of Slarok.

The way the wiki currently stands, we always use Japanese names in the absence of English ones. The only time we localize the names ourselves is if the Japanese name is an English loanword (like this enemy, for example). To my knowledge, the only exception to this policy has been Slarok. Basically, this discussion has been about whether or not we should change this policy and how. It all boils down to these four options:

  1. Name the two enemies "Hokkubokku" and "Zazakku" and keep everything else as is.
  2. Name the enemies "Hokbok" and "Zazak" and keep everything else as is.
  3. Name the enemies "Hokkubokku" and "Zazakku" and move Slarok to "Surarokku".
  4. Name the enemies "Hokbok" and "Zazak", keep Slarok, and move every Japanese-named enemy to an English equivalent of our creation.

If people could please voice their support for one of these four options we can get this over with and put it all behind us. — Hylian King [*] 19:43, 2 November 2011 (EDT)

I vote for Option #1. I won't get into much detail, since this seems to be a voting section, but we can do the following to ease everyone's concerns.
  • Create a page called "Hokbok" and redirect it to "Hokkubokku"
  • Introduce the article by saying "Hokkubokku (possibly romanized as Hokbok) is..."
  • Do the same for Zazakku, Girubokku, Fokkeru, etc if there is a similar conflict
The whole point of this discussion is to avoid fan-made names. However, I think this suggestion can make the enemy names more memorable or "better looking" for those that don't care for the original JP name. — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  04:30, 3 November 2011 (EDT)
I second that. — Hylian King [*] 07:25, 3 November 2011 (EDT)
I should mention that Slarok is not the only example, there's also Deddorokku, which is assumed to be Deadrock, although given naming conventions, it could also be Deadrok, or even Dedrok. We've already assumed Deadrock, just like we assumed Slarok. I guess my point originally was that since we cut out the extra "ku" on the end of these names, might as well do it for these other ones as well, even if the names are "nonsense" names. Even the Japanese romanisation of Tartnakku (Darknut), a complete nonsense name, was listed as Tartnuc in the Japanese manual for the game itself.
However, given that we already have Girubokku, and I went with Pirogusu instead of Pirogus, I don't really mind too much what we settle on as long as they're listed under correct names. However, if we use adjusted romanisation either in the article or in the name, may I suggest Hok Bok as the romanisation rather than Hokbok, as in the naming convention for Like Like. Looks better to me.
I quite like Abdullah's suggestion, and I'm fine to go with that, but I think Deddorokku is a bigger issue than Slarok. I'm fine with Slarok as I'm 99% sure thats what they intended it to be, Deadrock is an issue of spelling however. I think alt spellings need to be mentioned on the page, at least.
Minor small point, but when I was uploading new images for these enemies, I was unable to change the filenames for some of the enemies when uploading new versions, is an admin able to do that? Fizzle 19:01, 3 November 2011 (EDT)
Then we'll switch back Deadrock. Also, yes, an admin can rename files. What files do you want to rename, and what do you want to change them to? — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  02:57, 4 November 2011 (EDT)
The main offending files are [[File:Lizard ALttP.png]] should be Bazu or Buzz rather than Lizard, [[File:EyeALttP Keese Sprite.png]] should be Chasupa, [[File:Cloud ALttP.png]] should be Gibo, [[File:Reaper ALttP.png]] should be Hyu, [[File:CyclopsFish ALttP.png]] should be Ku, [[File:Rhinobird ALttP.png]] should be Kyune, [[File:Rabbit ALttP.png]] should be Toppo, [[File:DairaBlue ALttP.png]] should be BlueZazakku, and [[File:Geldarm ALttP.png]] should be Hokkubokku. If they're easy fixes, renaming [[File:Kodongo ALttP.png]] to Kodondo and [[File:Pickit ALttP.png]] to Pikit would be nice, but they're minor spelling things. Thank you though! The enemy pages are getting really nicely organised now. Fizzle 07:30, 4 November 2011 (EDT)
Done. Can someone volunteer to create Hokkubokku, Zazakku and Deddorokku, among others? — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  14:55, 7 November 2011 (EST)
No need, now that we've decided on names, I'll get right on it. Thanks very much! Fizzle 16:22, 7 November 2011 (EST)

I am in need of serious help

I know how to edit but nothing else. I'm lucky I found out how to type this. I'm new so can someone tell me how to vote, set up my personal page, edit pictures, and things like that? --18:00, 19 October 2011 (EDT)Person777 18:00, 19 October 2011 (EDT)

Well, that's a lot of stuff. First off, I'd recommend looking through the Help Guide. However, I will address each point:
  • To vote for a Featured Article or Featured Picture, click on the edit button beside the nomination you want to vote for. Next, add your vote beneath the {{Support}} template like this:
# I vote for this article/picture because... ~~~~
  • To make a personal page, click on this link and create your page. You can add anything you want to it, as long as it isn't offensive. If you need inspiration, you can look at what other users and staff have on their pages.
  • "Editing pictures" is a really broad topic, so you have to be more specific. Do you want to upload new files or update an existing file? Or do you want to learn about the process of creating and modifying the image? If it's the second question, what exactly do you want to know? Would you like to know what programs to use, how to make images transparent, how to make a picture brighter, etc?
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reply. I'd be happy to help. — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  18:54, 20 October 2011 (EDT)

Thanks for answering my question. That was very helpful. I check the help guide for pictures, I don't really know what I'm looking for!:) --17:18, 21 October 2011 (EDT)Person777 17:18, 21 October 2011 (EDT)

Theres a no plus mark in the heart container

Help! there is no "Plus" Mark in the heart container page,i want to add question. how to do it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by DobleCake (talk) 07:53, October 23, 2011

Thanks for pointing that out! It has been fixed. — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  10:40, 24 October 2011 (EDT)

Sprite sizes?

I've been recently uploading new static PNG versions of the ALttP enemy sprites, along with a number of FSA sprites. I've been creating them at a x2 scale, so each pixel is twice the size, but when checking the galleries like Enemies in The Legend of Zelda and the Game Boy games I've noticed these sprites are in a x3 scale. Rather than rush on and finish uploading loads of x2 sprites only to find out that x3 is preferred, I thought I better ask before I go about finishing. It would be relatively easy to go back and upload x3 versions, but I just wanted to be sure. Are they x3 because they are 8-bit and are small, or because x3 simply looks better when resized in thumbnails for all sprites? Some sprites in ALttP are just as small as those in TLoZ, despite being 16-bit (and some are even smaller, like the Bee sprite) and still look blurry in thumbnails even at x2 scale. On the other hand, some sprites are huge, like the bosses. But larger images do scale up or down better in general and are usually more "future proof". Anyway, if x3 is preferred, I can easily change the ones I've done so far and continue in that scale, if people prefer x2 for ALttP and FSA I'll stick with that. Fizzle 11:36, 30 October 2011 (EDT)

As you can see, there is currently no written policy regarding sprites. Given the wide variety of sprite sizes already on the wiki, trying to standardize them would be a nightmare and would hardly be worthwhile. Just do what you think is best; I strongly doubt anyone will criticize you for it.
Personally, I try to upload the original size whenever possible. If visibility is a problem, I use a x2 version instead. Different people will tell you different things about how to upload sprites. However, like I said before, how you want to do it is really up to you.
I remember Abdullah once suggested to me that I start by uploading the sprite at its original size, then upload the enlarged sprite as a newer version of that file. That way the original sprite is always there just in case. Just a thought. — Hylian King [*] 12:12, 30 October 2011 (EDT)
I agree with Hylian King. I recommend to always upload the original sprite, then upload a larger version if visibility is an issue. — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  13:31, 30 October 2011 (EDT)
Alright, cool. I'm replacing sprites that are at x1 scale for the most part anyway. The ones I'm uploading have fixed colors and things, but the old ones are still there. I'll carry on with how I'm doing it now, would be easy enough for anyone to make x3 versions later (or x1 versions even) if needed as they scale up or down in editing software fine if you chose the right setting. While there is a wide variety of sizes on the wiki though, most of them from TLoZ, LA and the Oracles seem to be in a x3 scale except for small or animated .gifs, which are usually x1 scale, while most of those from Zelda II are in x2 scale. ALttP ones were in x1 scale but now I'm replacing them they'll be in x2 scale, and the FSA ones will be as well. I guess I'm saying that if they're not standardised, I can standardise them to x3 if needed. Anyway, I'll carry on as is for now, x2 is happy medium for these ones I think. Fizzle 19:45, 30 October 2011 (EDT)

Dungeon Themes

I think that there should be some changes for what dungeon themes there are. The Desert and Earth elements should become one because they are basically the same thing, the element of Earth. Desert is sand themed, and Earth is stone themed, but they are still Earth based. I think that the element of Metal should be added because it would cover all metallic and mechanical dungeons such as Great Bay Temple. Although Electricity can be aligned with Metal, it doesn't fit well with Great Bay Temple. This one isn't that big of a deal, but the element of Poison could be added and it would cover for all dungeons that have poisonous aspects, unless you count Forest to be in the Poison zone. Lahmaster 3:10, 7 November 2011 (AEST)

I think desert and earth should remain separate for the same reason ice and water should. While they're essentially the same thing, they have distict themes to them. Though maybe it would make more sense to rename "desert" as sand... Also, why don't we have spirit? A lot of the shadow dungeons could fit that category, and spirit has been established as an element in Zelda ever since we got the Spirit Temple from Oot. Mata Nui 00:24, 7 November 2011 (EST)
I think you guys are taking this too seriously, let me give you some advice on this. Earth and sand are not the same thing. There are aspects of one type that aren't present in the other. Turtle Rock, a prolongued cavern with pitfalls and dark rooms, and Mutoh's Temple, a royal pyramid with obstacles like rocks, arrow shooters and (again) pitfalls, are both earth dungeons. They're not, of course, desert dungeons, because what you find in them differs from what you do see in the Desert Palace, the Temple of Wind, or the Sand Temple. There are dungeons that do overlap the elements, but the element differences exist nonetheless. As for the metal/electricity thing, we need to be careful here. When it comes to technological stuff in the series, these elements are very ambiguous. Electricity is actually a wider element because it not only encompasses the industrial-like places, but also those where electricity is present without the technology stuff, such as Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly. Perhaps, in the future, there may be a dungeon that canonically represents one or the other element, but for now it's more versatile to think of "electric" (also, note that the GBT does operate with electric energy, see for example the neon lights through the doors, passageways and walls).
As for the poison thing, it's something already included in the forst category, not only in Woodfall Temple (like Lahmaster correctly suggests), but also in Forest Temple and Forbidden Woods. Only on rare occasions, you see toxic elements in other types of dungeons. As for Spirit, we would have to define what an element like that is; for what we have seen so far, Spirit is rooted to light (not only in the Spirit Temple itself, but also on the Tower of Spirits) while the shadow dungeons lean more about the evil or dark side of this (hey, remember that light and shadow are opposites).
Remember that the whole element system is expendable, so it's not really a big deal. Dungeons are not Pokemon, so don't freak out if you see a dungeon article without element icons in the infobox. If a dungeon doesn't clearly fit within an element, then there's no need to include it. Take the OOT and TP dungeons as the models: Their elements are less ambiguous, and might help you to determine what kind of element the dungeon of another game fits in. --User:K2L/sig 00:50, 7 November 2011 (EST)
To further ellaborate on the last thing I said, TP can serve as a model on how the dungeons are like from the elemental perspective:
  1. Forest Temple----->Forest
  2. Goron Mines------->Fire (and electric as well)
  3. Lakebed Temple---->Water
  4. Arbiter's Grounds->Desert, shadow
  5. Snowpeak Ruins---->Ice
  6. Temple of Time---->Light
  7. City in the Sky--->Wind
  8. Palace of Twilight>Shadow
  9. The Lantern Caverns found through Hyrule---->Earth
It's a nice family, don't you think? You can compare these dungeons to those of several other Zelda games, and this way determine whether or not one fits in some particular element. But, again, it's not good to be too obsessive about this. In the past, some users indiscriminately put icons in various dungeon article infoboxes where they didn't belong, this even extended to the NES game dungeons, which are all homogeneous and alike with their themes. Hopefully the fuss won't repeat, it would be sad if we had to remove this cool feature due to some disagreements. --User:K2L/sig 01:01, 7 November 2011 (EST)

I can understand the Desert and Earth stuff a bit better now, same with Poison being Forest. But Electricity is slightly annoying me in a way. I definitely see Jabu Jabu's Belly, Goron Mines and Lanayru Mining Facility being Electric based, but Great Bay Temple just doesn't seem to fit. Even though the machinery is being powered by Electricity, the element is hard to notice while it is easy to point out in the other 3 dungeons. I would either suggest that Great Bay is not Electric based or that you create a Metal Dungeon Theme for it. The element of Metal could also apply to other dungeons. Lahmaster 4:20, 7 November 2011 (AEST)

We don't know either about to what extent the LMF uses the whole electric thing. And I will tell you a secret: I personally think it's still too early to implement this element in the first place. For one, unlike the other nine elements, electricity has yet to be aknowledged canonically by a dungeon in any game. By such thing I mean a dungeon that only has electricity as its element (the closest thing would be the whale in OOT, but it looks like I'm the only one with that opinion....). Of course, the Mining Facility might be that big boy we're looking for, but we can't be sure until the game is released, so for now it would be wise to just leave in stand-by, or even scrap, the possibility of such thing as an electric/metal dungeon.
I will tell you a story: When I first developed this concept for inclusion in the dungeon articles and their infoboxes, none of this poison/metal/electricity dilemma was present. Elements were meant to be exactly that: Elemental. Basic. Fundamental. A natural entity that would be a staple for most of the dungeons and their themes. Elements are only one of many ways to classify a dungeon. You can also consider the Architecture criterion: From this perspective, you can think of dungeon as temples, towers, labyrinths, caverns, palaces, etc. Or the range, which separates them into main dungeons, mini-dungeons, master dungeons and final dungeons. The elements are no different, and they're supposed to simplify the way we distinguish the dungeons, rather than complicate it. As I said, we might (for now) scrap the electric element until there's a game where a dungeon amazes us with a giant shout-out to the element, like OOT did with the forest, fire, water, etc. --User:K2L/sig 01:30, 7 November 2011 (EST)
Perhaps we should put an alternative focus on what the images mean; that is, redefine them. I think that dungeons will always be element-based, but we keep running into the "complication" of what element a dungeon is supposed to be. Maybe we should, instead, focus on what the dungeon includes, rather than what it strictly is about, which is all too obvious in most cases. Take for example, Ganon's Tower. It's an amalgam of all other previously encountered elements containing rooms devoted to elements apart from the main one (which is Shadow). We can take away all the other elements because it's not the central theme of the location, but I think therein lies the complication. We should rather (reasonably) loosen the standard to allow other elements aside from the primary established theme while retaining a relatively strict criteria for what it entails. For this, I'm suggesting 2 options:
  1. Include all the pertinent elemental images onto a specific dungeon based on clearly established themes for obstacles/terrain, items and enemies found within, without sole focus on the main element or instead arranging them in order of being most common or most relevant.
    Ex: IceElement.pngFireElement.png
  2. Similarly, possibly create another section entirely devoted to sub-elements that may be found in the dungeon in question.
    Main: FireElement.png ElectricElement.png*
    Sub: WaterElement.png
However, we would only refer to the primary element(s) on the thematic dungeon pages. This way, we can accurately describe the particular elements, be it enemies, obstacles or some form of terrain, found within the temple/dungeon without detracting from the central idea. This would also allow for the inclusion of a metallic (sub)element, provided the focus included terrain or architecture. - TonyT S C 03:12, 7 November 2011 (EST)

I would be quite happy with option 2, as long as you keep Electricity because you guys just added it. Lahmaster 6:20, 7 November 2011 (AEST)

The second alternative is very interesting indeed. The only concern would be that some users might abuse the "sub" feature (by adding, for example, the fire icon in Gerudo's Training Ground just because two of its rooms have lava, same for the Tower of Spirits). What I might add is to make the secondary element icons smaller, to emphasize that they're indeed secondary. As for the metal/electric thing, I'd still wait until SS comes out, to see what theme the Mining Facility favors the most, so we can have a canonical way to define either theme (Abdul has also suggested a "Mechanical" theme, which emcompasses both). --User:K2L/sig 09:00, 7 November 2011 (EST)

I'm a little concerned about dungeons without specific elements getting given elements just for the sake of it, as in the case of the Eastern Palace, which is apparently an Earth element according to someone... but I don't get that, its just a neutral dungeon if you ask me, like the dungeons of the original Zelda. Nothing strikes me as particularly Earth based, but then again, the Earth Temple is kind of the only Earth based dungeon I can think of, AND it seems to have closer relation to the Shadow Temple than anything. Personally, I'm of the opinion that giving something an elemental nature is something thats only really relevant in some games (usually where its obvious anyway), not all of them. I feel like I'm getting into a whole other argument here though. I guess I'm of the "hey, this isn't Pokemon" point of view on this issue. Elements have their place, but they seem like a relic of Ocarina of Time where they were really prominent, and not overly vital to other games. Still, some dungeons have obvious themes, and it looks like that's not going to stop with Skyward Sword, so thats fine. But if we're going to include stuff like "Desert" as an element, then surely "theme" would be better terminology? In no games is Desert mentioned as an element as far as I remember. Nabooru is the Sage of Spirit, not the Sage of Desert. Fizzle 16:39, 7 November 2011 (EST)

Well, there's sand...Mata Nui

How about this idea, you have a Primary and Secondary element for each dungeon. Here is an example:

Great Bay Temple - Primary Element: Water, Secondary Element: Metal

Don't add an element if it only appears in 1 or 2 rooms of a dungeon, only include it if it is very obvious. If you go by my idea, then you can include Metal as an element. By the way, Spirit would be a mix between Desert and Light, it's not a major element, heck, it isn't even an element itself, it was just a name used in OOT. If you do use the sub element idea, then people will want to see Fire, Water and Wind in Stone Tower Temple, which will make your dungeons become somewhat cluttered. Lahmaster 9:30, 8 November 2011 (AEST)

That's a good point, and in regards of Fizzle and the Eastern Palace, the Earth icon was added because of the primary type of obstacle (the rocks rolling through various rooms). Also, it's true that not all Zelda games focus on elements (the NES game dungeons!), but the icons do help us identify the type of themes we can find in the dungeons. Also, as I've said in the Electric Dungeon talk page, it's preferable to wait until SS comes out, to see in what theme (metal/electricity) the Mining Facility focuses the most. --User:K2L/sig 19:40, 7 November 2011 (EST)
They're not rocks though, they're big metal balls. And no, I don't think that makes it a metal based dungeon either. Its just a neutral dungeon, it was pretty much designed that way as a homage to the dungeons of the original game. Anyway, in regards to the Spirit thing, I was just making the point that calling these themes "elements" implies a connection to the elements mentioned in the games themselves, when there isn't. Is "Forest" an element or a theme? Is Desert? Fire is an element, but Ice is never mentioned as an "element" in the games. Its confusing. Fizzle 13:09, 8 November 2011 (EST)
I'm perfectly fine with waiting until the release of SS, however, to answer how the elemental revamp would be implemented, I used the Goron Mines (a topic of previous controversy) as an example.
Let's say as a tentative base rule that 20% (1/5) of the total dungeon rooms must have a particular element before it can count as having an elemental sub-theme. And maybe place around 30-40% of rooms having to be comprised of an element before it's considered a primary theme.
I may be wrong, but Goron Mines has 18 rooms in it. Of those:
  • 8 rooms contain lava
  • 4 rooms contain water
  • and 6 rooms are neutral
That roughly translates to 44.4% rooms having lava, 22.2% containing water and 33.3% being neutral/non-elemental.
Thus, following the aforementioned stipulation, the dungeon elements would read as follows:
Main: FireElement.png
Sub: WaterElement.png
A different game example could be the Woodfall Temple. It has 13 rooms.
  • 6 (46.153%) are forest*
  • 7 (53.846%) contain water; excluding puddles, 3 (23.076%)
  • 1 (7.692%) contains a fire enemy; including fire-related puzzles, ~5 (38.461%)
  • 2 (15.384%) contain shadow-related enemies
Which could read as:
Main: ForestElement.png WaterElement.png
Sub: -
So how's that? It would take a bit of work to accurately document the features, but it should be feasible enough to satisfy both parties, and naturally, things might vary depending on terrain/architecture, enemies and puzzles. - TonyT S C 21:44, 7 November 2011 (EST)

I'm not saying that the sub element idea is bad or that it won't work, but I still feel it being a bit too much in a way. Even though there are 4 rooms in Goron Mines having Water, that element isn't focused enough to be a part of the dungeon. Electricity or Metal is more prominent in Goron Mines due to the fact that you can use it to get around, which is magnetism. I honestly think that there should only be 1 or 2 elements per dungeon. Only add a Secondary Element to a dungeon if it is obviously there. Anyway, I'm not admin so I can't do much except talk about stuff and see what happens around the site. Just do what you gotta do, but I still believe having a Primary and Secondary Element would solve this problem in a large way. Lahmaster 1:11, 8 November 2011 (AEST)

I like the sub-element suggestion and the percentages Pakkun used as a guideline. They're a step closer to having objective criteria. I think we should only count things that are significant, for instance, obstacles (enemies, puzzles, obstructions), terrain, things that help you navigate rooms and obtain chests, etc. If its small like a shrub or a puddle, it shouldn't count (unless it plays a large role in navigating the room). — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  01:02, 8 November 2011 (EST)
To answer Lahmaster, of course water isn't the focus of a fire dungeon, that's why it would be a sub-element. I'm suggesting elements being based on presence and occurrence over the focus, which for the umpteenth time, would already be obvious. And, it's been discussed that both the metal/mechanical and electric elements are "on hold" for now, so I didn't document how many rooms had magnets or metal structures in them. In most cases, I imagine that the elemental "focus" would already be prominent, securing its spot as the primary element and secondary variables wouldn't be as commonplace, usually resulting in it staying as a secondary or sub-element.
Similar to Abdullah's suggestion, we could alternatively include more expansive screening based on 3 (or more) categories and then use the numbers to find a better percentage. As Abdullah already suggested, the screening could be based on the elements of enemies (say there's 15 of X element, 3 of Y, 14 neutral, etc. within the entire dungeon), how many rooms devoted to an element based on terrain/obstructions (say there's 10 X-themed rooms, 7 Y and 0 neutral. Rooms can overlap elements.) and how many elemental puzzles there are (if it requires the use of fire, ice, light, etc. Imagine there's 3 X, 2 Y, 2 Neutral). Now, say the dungeon has about 17 rooms.
On paper, that looks like:
  • 15 X Enemies (46.875%), 10 X Rooms (58.823%) and 3 X Puzzles (42.857%)
  • 3 Y Enemies (9.375%), 7 Y Rooms (41.176%) and 2 Y Puzzles (28.571%)
  • 14 Neutral Enemies (43.75%), 0 Neutral Rooms and 2 Neutral Puzzles (28.571%)
Math definitely isn't my forté, but I think this means around 49.501% of the overall dungeon is devoted to X and 26.245% to Y (and roughly 24.252% Neutral). So, X would stand as a primary element and Y would be considered a sub-element, 4% short of the proposed 30% mark.
The more elemental variables there are, the lower the standard would probably have to be, though, as the primary would end up being sub. Maybe dropping it by .05% every (other?) added element allowing for a 10% range. Again, I am terrible at math, but this is factored on 30-40% for around 3 elements. It's not perfect (and it'd be better if a math whiz was doing it), but that would look something like this:
  • 4 Elements: 25-35% Majority (Primary); ~15(-24)% Minority (Sub)
  • 5 Elements: 20-30% Majority; 10(-19)% Minority
  • 6 Elements: 15-25% Majority; 5(-14)% Minority
  • 7 Elements: 10-20% Majority; 2.5(-9)% Minority
  • 8 Elements: 5-10% Majority; 1.75(-4.9)%
Honestly, I'm not very confident in it, I think the more factors involved, the less accurate it becomes (but normal dungeons usually shouldn't exceed more than 4 and "final dungeons" with multiple elements based on previous dungeons should be exempt). In any case, I may just be putting my foot in my mouth at this point. - TonyT S C 02:18, 8 November 2011 (EST)
Whoa whoa whoa. Going into (relatively) complex mathmatics to figure out what element a dungeon is is a bit much, isn't it? If it isn't obvious just by looking at a dungeon, it probably shouldn't even be mentioned. It already seems like adding things for the sake of adding things as it is. Its not like Nintendo designs these dungeons by planning out what elements they should be, they just pick a theme and then design the dungeons around it and if a dungeon has some water for a puzzle they will add water for that room. Take for example the Tower of Hera. Does this dungeon have an element? No. Do they have a theme? Very much so, its a tower. But it includes some fire breathing enemies, so does that make it a fire dungeon? Of course not. Fizzle 13:09, 8 November 2011 (EST)

The whole element idea was a bad idea. I say we kill it now >:(
On a more serious note, the math is too complicated. Ideally, we should be able to tell by looking, but the whole thing is kind of subjective, and people will disagree about which elements to use. And therein lies the problem. — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  13:49, 28 November 2011 (EST)

Nooooooooooooooooo! Look the whole reason this argument got started was because someone suggested we add new elements, not delete every single one! Who cares if the math is complicated, most dungeons have completely obvious elements. If we had to add 87 to the square root of 13 to figure out the forest temple is forest I would bang my head on the keyboard! This whole element thing can accually be helpful anyway. Say someone had to go to Lanayru Mining Facility. Should they bring thier wood or iron shield? The page says the dungeon is electric so they bring thier wooden shield. Besides the whole element thing is pretty cool. I'm sure no other zelda related wiki has that! But if this thing keeps starting super long arguments we might have no choice but to dump it. --Person777 15:02, 3 December 2011 (EST)

Potentially unrelated, but is it just me or have the element icons changed recently? They look less detailed now, the old ones were better in my opinion. Then again, I've never liked them because they're very... un-Zelda. Surely there are visual representations of the elements from the games themselves we could use? That would make me dislike the element thing less too as it'd give it some grounding within the games rather than just being a bit of fan made stuff. No offense to whoever made the icons of course, just, yeah, they're giving me a huge Pokemon vibe more than ever now. Of course I might just be imagining things anyway, they look like they've changed to me. Fizzle 08:51, 2 January 2012 (EST)

New Glitch

I found a glitch in Ocarina of time 3D, so should I post it? If I should, should I post it on the ocarina of time page, or a new page entirely? --Person777 17:32, 11 November 2011 (EST)

We have Glitch-related pages for most of the games, just for this occasion. Since there doesn't seem to be one for OoT 3D, you can create this page and add the information yourself. - TonyT S C 21:37, 11 November 2011 (EST)

Well... I'm pretty new so I do not think I could create a page. Could you do it please? I'm not ready for that kind of thing yet. --Person777 13:32, 12 November 2011 (EST)

Done. You should be able to just edit it with your glitch now.
Also, be sure to follow the standards when adding your glitch. - TonyT S C 18:31, 12 November 2011 (EST)


Most of the dungeons for Links Awakening give the strategy to beat the dungeon boss and well... Is it supposed to do that? Also I want to personalize my signature how do you do that? --Person777 16:59, 17 November 2011 (EST)

Given that other games' dungeon pages don't, probably not. You can personalize your signature by carefully following the guidelines here. - TonyT S C 00:39, 21 November 2011 (EST)

Yeah I tried that and I had know idea what it meant. I do not want to annoy you but could you simplify the directions for me? --Person777 16:52, 21 November 2011 (EST)

The page has been updated. Does it make sense now? — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  13:49, 28 November 2011 (EST)

Exploding Page

I'm not sure if this is my browser, or if this is an actual problem, but seeing how I've only seen this on one page so far I'll go with problem. It seems a bunch of text from a page has lost its edges, or something of that sort. Would someone mind looking at the Diamond Steppe Island page, to see if this is an issue. I'm not sure how to even fix it if it is a problem. Pixel 12:08, 24 November 2011 (ADT)

I think I fixed it. (Diamond Steppe Island) --TheHK (T) (C) 13:12, 24 November 2011 (EST)

hi, i am from zelda wiki and i would like to ask you something: can i use the picture that you can find under the rubric "Gorons" and then "Gorko" on for private purposes? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Goron Gorko (talk) 11:21, November 28, 2011

The question has been answered here. — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  13:49, 28 November 2011 (EST)

The Future Isn't Now

I've noticed that at the top of most (if not all) pages related to Skyward Sword is a banner that claims SS is not yet released. Granted, it's still quite new, but since it's been released, this should probably be removed. I'm guessing there may be something that puts this banner at the top of all of those pages at once? Disciple of Midna 00:48, 1 December 2011 (EST)

Yes, I believe there is a function that allows us to do that. I'm thinking it should be replaced with this, since any of the pages that still have the future game template probably haven't been updated since the release. — Hylian King [*] 17:05, 1 December 2011 (EST)

A Link To The Past as my most ever favorite Zelda Series

I view this episode as the most interesting fact about Hyrule being almost overrun by evil since the Sacred Realm was transformed into Dark World. Ganon the evil ruler was the one that done that. The one who broke the Triforce that lived in the Sacred Golden Realm beyond man was imprisoned within the Dark World, the original Golden Realm. The Realm was beyond reach of man. The Seven Sages were able to seal the portal to the Evil World that Hyrule maintained peace until Ganon sent his pawn, the Dark Wizard, Agahnim, appeared at Hyrule at the castle at the main center of the Kingdom. The wizard eliminated the King, cast off the maidens to the Dark World, including Princess Zelda. They were the decendants of the Wise Men who put the seal to the portal. For me, as Link, the only known Hero, after winning three virtualuos symbols and obtaining the Master Sword, Princess Zelda was transferred to the Dark World by Agahnim, therefore, breaking the seal that creates the portal Hyrule Castle that leads to the Dark World. I had to get off to the Dark World with my magic mirror and moon pearl to maintain my characteristics to recover the crystals to rescue the Royal Family of Hyrule. I even had to crack the barrier with the combined powers of the maidens and the true knights that lead me to defeat Ganon with my master sword and silver arrows at the Power Pyramid at the very center of the Evil World. After meeting with the Triforce's Essence, I slowly walked up the steps to touch the newly fixed Triforce with the pure wish in my heart. Therefore restoring the Golden Power and the Sacred Realm. And the entire Kingdom of Hyrule was once again forever peaceful with the Royal Family altogether ruling in peace. And all the people were once again restored back to living peacefully. Especially those who were lost in battles against evil; even the Knights. —Preceding unsigned comment added by JakeSnake1978 (talk) 18:05, 7 December 2011

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Hithere. If you check the recent changes you'll see there have been some vandalism from user Talhaaah, who uploaded an image with a collection of the most disgusting things he could find on the web (I guess, unless he actually like those things) and placed it in the Games template. I undid the edit and replaced the image with another one to hide it, but still it has to be deleted and I think the user should be blocked or something, right? So I wanted to let you know the problem.--Kombatgod 11:43, 16 December 2011 (EST)

Thank you! He has been taken care of. :) Dany36 13:28, 16 December 2011 (EST)
You're welcome. :) --Kombatgod 13:52, 16 December 2011 (EST)

"Humans", Hylians and Such

Hi, I'm not sure if this is the correct place to be posting this but after searching for a bit, this seems to be the best community page to mention it from what I can see.

I noticed this wiki seems to follow a fanon idea that round-eared characters that don't have the pointed ears are not only not Hylian, but they specifically are a race called "humans." Seeing as recent games have referred to Hylians and others as "human," this is a rather confusing not to mention incorrect way of categorizing races. Because of this, I think the wiki should take a stance that the term "human" simply refers to all humans, Hylian and otherwise, but acknowledge that there are some humans that exist that have round ears but seem similar to Hylians, but because of this contradictory feature, their grouping is unknown.

For all intents and purposes a round-eared human is still simply "Human", but without being given a definitive tribe, while a Hylian would be "Human - Hylian", Sheikah as "Human -Sheikah" etc etc.

I wanted to bring this issue up for discussion before going on an editing crusade that defies multiple articles, and see what the community thinks of this thinking.--Goomboy 14:47, 17 December 2011 (EST)

Makes sense to me. Hylians and Gerudos are humans but not all humans are necessarily Hylians or Gerudos. I personally wouldn't consider the Sheikah as part of the human race because of their magical properties.
To clarify, we won't actually be using the terms "Human - Hylian" and "Human - Gerudo", right? — Hylian King [*] 17:15, 17 December 2011 (EST)
For your thoughts on the Sheikah, they seem human to me, but it seems like even lore for what races are human are kind of sketchy, you could argue a race that almost never births male children is something distinct from regular humans as well (although I don't know if the lore has ever indicated the Gerudo to be human or not.)
So, perhaps we should only state what races are specifically indicated in the canon to be human as human. I know at least the Hylians have been named as such in Twilight Princess, and I think its pretty safe to say the round-eared people are humans as well. Because of this, the "Human" page should include all that the term includes, and gives a link to Hylians and any other races that HAVE been named as human in the games, the round-eared people are mentioned on this page as well (but not stated to be an independent race called "humans", rather they are humans but their is no mention to what tribe they are.) Races that are POSSIBLY humans (such as Sheikah) can always go as a section at the end of the article, under a speculation tab.
For my example on the naming, it was a thought... but perhaps not. So long as it is acknowledged by the wiki that Hylians and possibly others ARE types of humans, and that round-eared humans do not have a specific title or grouping as of yet.
Thoughts? --Goomboy 21:57, 18 December 2011 (EST)

And what you mentioned about them not being discared on the other Human talk page, I agree with. They should have their mention on the human page if anything, but not treated by the wiki as a distinct group, at least not until there is more information about them. For all we know they are just Hylians that happen to have round ears.--Goomboy 22:19, 18 December 2011 (EST)
Fair enough. You make a good point. I wonder if Nintendo will ever explain the presence of "normal humans", though. Perhaps they already have; I haven't played SS yet. ;) — Hylian King [*] 08:15, 19 December 2011 (EST)

Please rethink your wiki. I thought it was high quality and anybody could edit but I find that almost anything I contribute gets deleted for no good reason. Other people's contributions removed as well.

This is more a complaint than a question, and perhaps the wiki will change in the future for the better.

I felt this was the best Zelda wiki, at least in terms of content. And as a wiki which accepts contributions from everybody I thought it would be great to help contribute and add advice. Sadly I find nearly every contribution just gets deleted. I've also spotted edits others have made also been deleted. The issue is, they're deleted for virtually no good reason at all. What I usually contribute is small bits of Trivia, and do not seem to me to have any cause to be removed as they are of similar quality as the rest of the article. When my contributions are not trivia they are somewhat significant additions to pages and would help other players locate things...but then are deleted as well.

I do not feel the people who delete these helpful posts find any problem in their actions and feel self-justified that they will never change, as they do not "fix" the previous helpful edit (which may not be worded correctly to the standards of this wiki). Instead of refining the previous helpful edit, to maintain the quality of advantageous information to future viewers, the previous useful edit is outright deleted and then that is all that is done. There is no point for this action in a wiki.

I've contributed to other wiki's and find no where near such a close minded community to new edits, that maybe you guys should just skip allowing people to contribute. In the Dead Rising 2 wiki on a page for an item that is hard to find I could list where to easily find it plus contribute a picture showing location, or add images about a character's office which would elaborate on that character's history. But I now feel that if I did something as equally helpful here, it would just pointlessly be deleted.

I have given up trying to contribute to your wiki, and am probably not the only one who has already left for the same reasons, just without informing you.

As your wiki community continues to remove contributions from others, your wiki suffers quality and ceases to be a wiki.

Thank you for your time.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Queazy (talk) 03:40, December 22, 2011

We'll look into the matter. For now, please feel free to continue editing, and please inform me personally the next time such a situation occurs, and I will try to handle it locally and see if you are simply seeing our Quality Standards differently than we do, or if an abuse of power is occurring. Thank you for letting us know. --Xizor 06:34, 22 December 2011 (EST)
I am sorry that you feel that way. However, I believe that you are acting a bit rashly. These things sometimes happen because of a lack of communication. Just talk to the person reverting your edits and try to understand his actions. Discussion solves most of the problems between editors.
As for your edits, I can see why some of them were deleted. Some of the information you added to the Groose page was speculation with no real solid foundation. We usually put theories in a section called "Theories", along with enough supporting quotes and evidence. Furthermore, these theories have to be accepted by a sizable number of fans, otherwise anyone can add a personal theory to our articles. The information you added to the Dowsing page was really out of place. I'm not sure how we could reword it to fit in... Anyway, all of your other edits are fine and received minor adjustments where appropriate.
I'd be happy to talk about this on your talk page if you still have questions. If you have problems with editors in the future, talk to them first. If you still have a problem, talk to one of the staff. — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  07:36, 22 December 2011 (EST)
In any case, it is unfortunate that these recent events have compromised your opinion of Zelda Wiki. We hope that some day you will come to look past these incidents and see that we do care about our users and that we do appreciate every effort made towards the wiki. No staff member would ever revert an edit without reason or simply out of spite; we're only trying to do what we think is best for the wiki. — Hylian King [*] 07:44, 22 December 2011 (EST)
Ok, I've calmed down somewhat. Thank you all for listening to my words. I would be happy to help with the wiki and contribute again, but I want to do it the right way and not see what I spend time on be deleted for unknown reasons to me, so let me ask about them here. 1) For example, I know several players (myself included) have been wondering how to get all dowsing targets possible in Skyward Sword, as most people can only find the first four and not the missing last three. How would I go about editing a wiki page to explaining how to obtain the final dowsing targets? Would editing the already existing Dowsing page be the best possible course of action, and if not what would be? 2) Would it be ok to edit the Glittering Spores page to list the things the glittering spores do in Skyward Sword? Such as Shrink Gossip stones, stun enemies, prevent bugs from running away at your presence (seems to attract bugs, but ineffective to birds) etc? 3) I understand now that adding Trivia stating Groose's name may be influenced by the character Goose in Top Gun, is more theory than solid evidence and therefore should not be added to this Wiki. Thank you for clearing that up for me. But would adding such trivia to Groose's page such as how his bird shares a similiar hairstyle to his rider, just like Cawlin & Strich? Or how Groose will fix his hair if you use the Gust Bellows on him? Further, would adding trivia to Karane's page such as how there is "Karane + Caw..." note on classroom chalkboard which is most likely done by Cawlin, & how Karane has a drawing of Pipit in her room, on the book on her desk; be acceptable edits to trivia? Thank you for your advice. Queazy 07:32, 7 January 2012 (EST)Queazy
Welcome back! I'll just answer your questions here:
  • 1) I recently edited the Dowsing article to have a table listing all the potential dowsing targets and where to find most of them. Hopefully that helps, but it would be great if you can contribute to the article.
  • 2) Yes, that would be fine. Just add the header ==Uses== and write what it does underneath.
  • 3) The trivia bit about Groose's Loftwing and the Gust Bellows is already in there, so you don't need to do anything for that. :P
    As for the "Karane + Caw" note, I'd like to see some proof of it. I didn't see anything about that on the chalkboard when I was there, so I'm a bit skeptical, but you can go ahead and add the trivia about Karane's drawing of Pipit.
Thanks for asking, and we hope you have a great time editing! - TonyT S C 11:11, 7 January 2012 (EST)
The "Karane + Caw..." is on the bottom right hand corner. I wrote a bullet point in the trivia section on Cawlin's page a while ago about this. :P Embyr 75  --Talk-- 11:57, 7 January 2012 (EST)

Proof of permission

I am about to upload my first image to this wiki. It is a piece of fan art. The help page for image sourcing mentions "proof of permission from the creator". I would like to know what is considered proof. I have gotten their permission to use this image on this wiki via email, but I don't know how to prove that here. Obviously I will include the artist's name in the summary of the upload and will source it to the website I got it from, but I don't know what "proof" means here. Please help a clueless newbie.--Osteoderm Jacket 18:31, 31 December 2011 (EST)

Huh, well, I don't think there's a big deal with that as long as you source the fan art when you upload the image, and since you seem to have already asked for permission, I think it's fine if you upload it. Dany36 21:02, 31 December 2011 (EST)
OK, thanks. I'll upload it. I mainly wanted it for use on my user page.--Osteoderm Jacket 21:10, 31 December 2011 (EST)

Screenshots taken from other websites

I thought I understood the policy on uploading official content based on advice I'd gotten earlier, but now I'm not sure. If we wish to upload an image from a Nintendo product (e.g. a screenshot of a Zelda game) after downloading it from another website, must we first get the permission of those in charge at that website as well as sourcing the image to that website and marking it as a copyrighted image? Or does the permission part apply only to getting permission to post copyrighted content from the copyright holder (e.g. posting something copyrighted by a private individual) and to getting permission from the creator of fan works to post them? I ask because I just thought of this after I downloaded some screenshots of Skyward Sword from other websites and then posted them here. I sourced the screenshots to the websites but I didn't ask permission to use them first. If I must do that, I will take the images down and issue a formal apology to any and all parties affected. If, in the future, I can obtain permission to use the images, I will repost them. Tell me if I need to do this. The answer is probably obvious, but I'm feeling especially dense at the moment.--Osteoderm Jacket 04:58, 2 January 2012 (EST)

Any images taken from the games are Nintendo copyright; fan sites cannot claim them as their own. Therefore, you don't need to ask permission from other websites to use images copyrighted by Nintendo. Just be sure the website is given the proper credit in the "source" field, like you've already done.
You do need to ask permission to upload fan art to the wiki, though, as these are the property of the person who made them. — Hylian King [*] 10:17, 2 January 2012 (EST)
OK, thanks. Those are both what I thought; I just wanted to make sure. The only piece of fan art I've uploaded thus far was uploaded with the permission of its creator, so I'm fine in that area.--Osteoderm Jacket 11:47, 2 January 2012 (EST)